The History of the Mint Julep



A cocktail with history that dates back over 400 years & one of the earlier cocktail videos I've ever seen came from a bartender based on in New Orleans. His way of making the cocktail all while reading out a poem dedicated to the cocktail inspired me & helped me understand the real 'craft' of bartending. The video link is here below:


The mint julep, a cocktail made from a mixture of bourbon, sugar, water and mint, is often associated with horse racing. It has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby for almost a century; according to the website of the annual event, nearly 120,000 juleps are sold at Churchill Downs over the two-day race period. Like most recipes that come from the South, mint juleps have a long and often debated history. It’s widely believed that the name of the drink comes from the Persian word gulab and the Arab word julab, both of which translate to “rosewater.” The term julep was also used to refer to any type of syrupy mixed drink taken with medicine.